ROAP Announces Race Officiating Conference at Arizona Racing Symposium


ROAP Announces Race Officiating Conference at Arizona Racing Symposium


Contact: Samantha Smith, 859-224-2702, Lexington, Ky. (September 30, 2016)


The Racing Officials Accreditation Program will be hosting a Race Officiating Conference on Monday, December 5, at the 2016 University of Arizona Racing Symposium.  The conference will feature two half-day panels and a luncheon with the keynote speaker.


The morning panel, “Resources for Stewards, Judges & Racing Officials,” will include presentations by

  • International Sound on steward and judges stand video monitors and camera control panels to evaluate the race and observe pre- and post-race activities;
  • The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau on monitoring wagering integrity with Curtis Linnell, VP of Wagering Analysis;
  • The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium on regulation & research on permitted medication & prohibited substances with Alex Waldrop, RMTC chairman & NTRA president;
  • InCompass Solutions on Race Track Operations system programs & reports;
  • The Association of Racing Commissioners International on licensing system and historical rulings database; and
  • Equibase on race charts and racing programs.


The afternoon panel, “The Role of Stewards, Judges and Racing Officials,” will be moderated by Ray Paulick. The panel will include racing industry stakeholders representing

  • Tracks – Scott Wells, president of Remington Park and Lone Star Park;
  • Veterinarians – Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission equine medical director;
  • Handicappers – Judy Wagner, 2001 winner of DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championships & current chair of ARCI & the Louisiana Racing Commission;
  • Janet Van Bebber, AQHA Chief Racing Officer & former leading American Quarter Horse trainer;
  • Racing Commissions;
  • Owners & breeders of Quarter Horses, Standardbreds, & Thoroughbreds; and
  • Leading Trainers


There will be an additional panel of three stewards and judges who have experience with all three breeds: Quarter Horses, Standardbreds, and Thoroughbreds. This panel will comment, answer questions, and make recommendations.


The cost of the conference is $75. This conference will qualify for eight hours of ROAP continuing education credit for accredited stewards and judges. Those attending the University of Arizona Racing Symposium will receive a $50 discount. Stewards and judges attending the University of Arizona Racing Symposium will receive an additional eight hours of ROAP continuing education credit. Those wishing to attend can register online at



ROAP, which receives primary funding from The Jockey Club and is based in its Kentucky office, is a 501(c)(6) organization whose board of directors is made up of representatives from 18 industry organizations and eight at-large representatives. Stewards and judges receive their accreditation and continuing education credits through this program. The website address for ROAP is

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